Recovered Writing, PhD in English, Teaching College Writing, Assignment Design: Team-Based Competitive Blogging with Portfolio Integration, July 1, 2008

This is the fifty-second post in a series that I call, “Recovered Writing.” I am going through my personal archive of undergraduate and graduate school writing, recovering those essays I consider interesting but that I am unlikely to revise for traditional publication, and posting those essays as-is on my blog in the hope of engagingContinue reading “Recovered Writing, PhD in English, Teaching College Writing, Assignment Design: Team-Based Competitive Blogging with Portfolio Integration, July 1, 2008”

1000th Blog Post, or Randomly Meeting a Student Bound for the Stars

Besides being preoccupied by a few publishing projects and the upcoming Science Fiction Research Association conference in Poland, I have been wondering what I should write about for my 1000th blog post on dynamicsubspace.net. Luckily, the topic presented itself earlier this evening when Y and I were at the local mall. After dinner, Y askedContinue reading “1000th Blog Post, or Randomly Meeting a Student Bound for the Stars”

Student Portfolios on Writing the Brain Received, Time to Read, Reflect, and Grade

Today, my Freshmen College Writing students submitted their final portfolios to me by email. During this past semester, we learned about the human brain together, and they wrote about their experiences following different modes: reports, reviews, and meditations. This class was an experiment in combining my current research interests in cognitive science and cultural studentsContinue reading “Student Portfolios on Writing the Brain Received, Time to Read, Reflect, and Grade”

Good Discussion in College Writing Today

My students and I discussed Capgras Syndrome and Rivka Galchen’s Atmospheric Disturbances today, and we had a wonderful conversation following my lecture on the importance of the amygdala and the fusiform gyrus. It was also a great day to bring in my anatomical skull and brain model to use as a visual aid in class.Continue reading “Good Discussion in College Writing Today”

College Writing I Syllabus, Theme: Mapping the Brain, Writing the Mind

I am afraid that this syllabus for College Writing I, Spring 2011, “Mapping the Brain, Writing the Mind” lacks the special effects of my previous syllabi, because I wrote it on a Windows XP computer while I was in Taiwan after my iPad died (details here). I didn’t want to lose my work again asContinue reading “College Writing I Syllabus, Theme: Mapping the Brain, Writing the Mind”

Second Week of Spring 2011 Done, Now on to the Fun Stuff

As important as the rudimentary and routine parts of a writing class are, I am always glad to have the groundwork completed so that my students and I can move on to the fun stuff that forms the core of the writing that they will do during the semester. In my writing classes, my studentsContinue reading “Second Week of Spring 2011 Done, Now on to the Fun Stuff”

Second Week of the Semester Underway

Last night, Y and I had a welcome boost to the second week of the semester: Mack and Sue took us out to eat at Ray’s in downtown Kent. We had a great talk with them over dinner about their holiday and our trip to South Georgia and Taiwan. It was a relaxing start toContinue reading “Second Week of the Semester Underway”

A Few Reading Strategies for the Science Fiction Novice

Underlying many definitions of science fiction is the fact that reading science fiction requires some level of apprenticing and learning of the key concepts, tropes, and concepts that appear in much of the genre’s works. Damien Broderick formalized this in his book Reading by Starlight, in which he argues that there is a ‘science fictionContinue reading “A Few Reading Strategies for the Science Fiction Novice”

Kent State College Writing II, Fall 2010, Humans, Technology, and Cyborgs

I just finished my syllabi for two sections of College Writing II at Kent State in Fall 2010 with the theme: Humans, Technology, and Cyborgs, and I have attached them here (section 002) and here (section 007). The classes are identical, but the meeting places and times have been changed in each syllabus. This semester,Continue reading “Kent State College Writing II, Fall 2010, Humans, Technology, and Cyborgs”